Why I Vote: Julia Strange

Welcome to our series to highlight why our friends and colleagues vote.

Julia Strange, Vice President, Community Benefit

“I vote because if I don’t, I limit the influence of my opinion and voice,” said Julia Strange. “And those who know me know I have a lot of opinions!”

“I care that my family, friends and neighbors have access to education, jobs and basic life needs so that they can grow, prosper and be happy … life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Julia. “That means access to affordable healthcare, access to quality education and, when needed, a little help to get through the rough spots in life.”

Why vote? “In my early 20’s, I didn’t vote. I didn’t think it mattered. And, then, I watched an initiative fail that I thought would have made the community better. I realized that day that my vote and votes like mine could make all the difference in the world.  Now, I vote in every election. And you should too.”

For more information about this year’s elections, a wide coalition of Arizona medical associations came together to build a non-partisan website focused on health care issues, including voting records and more.  Check it out atwww.azvoteforhealthcare.org. Early ballots can still be requested from the County Recorder (www.recorder.pima.gov/earlyreq.aspx) until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. You can examine the ballot at your leisure in the privacy of your home. When the ballot is completed, you can put it in the white ballot affidavit envelope, which must be signed by the voter, placed in the yellow postage-paid return envelope and mailed back to the Pima County Recorder’s office.

For those who want to vote the old-fashioned way, or who want to turn in their early ballots at the polling place, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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